Department of Public Affairs and International Relations
The Supreme Court Department of Public Affairs is responsible for tours of the Supreme Court and for maintaining the Court's relationships with international bodies.
The Public Affairs Department is responsible for tours of the Supreme Court, which are guided by the Department's personnel. The tours deal with the Court, the architecture of the building, and with the history and the structure of the Israeli legal system. Daily tours that are open to the general public take place at 11 a.m. in Hebrew and at 12 noon in English. Apart from this, specially arranged tours can be organized for various groups such as soldiers, pensioners, for workplaces or for groups from overseas. There are tours suitable for elementary and intermediate school students (Grades 5-9) both in Hebrew and in Arabic, and for special education students. In these tours emphasis is placed on educational messages pertaining to the Israeli legal system.
The Public Affairs Department collaborates with the Israel Knesset in providing the "The Life of a law" tour which deals with the interaction between the Supreme Court and the Knesset. This tour is suitable for groups who wish to acquire an in-depth understanding of the interaction between the legislator and the judiciary.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and out of concern for the health and safety of visitors and employees, there will be no guided tours of the Supreme Court at this time. For Inquiries you can contact the Public Affairs department at 972-74-7480612/3 .
The Department is responsible for official visits to the Supreme Court of delegations of judges of courts of various countries and of guests of various bodies, including government Ministries, Embassies, IDF Public Affairs, Universities and the Israel Bar Association. The Department also handles the travel arrangements of judges and of employees of the courts system to international conferences and study tours worldwide.
In conjunction with the Education and Welfare Services Department in the Ministry of Education, the Department organizes the after-school "flowers of the law" enrichment program. This program takes place weekly at the Supreme Court and offers Grade 8 students from schools in Jerusalem lectures and workshops dealing with principal topics-in-law and society. These include Civil Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights, Rights of Detainees and Suspects, Labor Law, Cyber Crime, Law and Media, Jewish Law and Environmental Law. The lessons are given on a voluntary basis by the Supreme Court Law Clerks. At the end of the program students take part in a mock trial where they represent litigants and plead before a "Panel of Judges" made up of some of the Law Clerks who instructed the students. Parents are invited to attend.
|Contact Telephone Numbers:||Natalie Kimhi, Manager of the Department 074-7480792|
|||Ofira Gaon, Deputy Manager of the Department 074-7480452|
|||Other Telephone Numbers: 074-7480615 / 074- 7480613 / 074-7480612|